How do I get TN Visa status as a Technical Publications Writer?
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How do I get TN Visa status as a Technical Publications Writer?

The profession of Technical Publications Writer is listed under the USMCA(NAFTA) professions list as a profession that qualifies for TN visa status. If you are a Canadian or Mexican Citizen with an offer of employment from a US employer, you might qualify to work and live in the US under TN Visa status. We discuss the profession of a Technical Publications Writer for TN Visa status under the USMCA and how to qualify here.

I was laid off or fired while on an H1B visa, now what?
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I was laid off or fired while on an H1B visa, now what?

Depending on the circumstances, an H1B Visa holder that loses their employment or fails to renew before it expires might be eligible for a grace period allowing them to remain in the US while they take action to preserve their legal status. But there are a lot of rules to consider, and breaking the rules could mean “unlawful presence.” We discuss being laid off or fired while on an H1B visa and what to do here.

As an employer, what do I need to know about H1B Visa extensions and renewals?
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As an employer, what do I need to know about H1B Visa extensions and renewals?

The initial term for an H1B Visa is up to 3 years. After the initial 3-year term, an H1B visa may be extended or renewed for one additional 3-year term for a maximum stay of 6 years in H1B visa status. an extension of H1B visa status is obtained the same way as the initial H1B visa, by filing Form I-129 Petition for Alien Worker with USCIS.  We review the H-1B Visa extension and renewal process here. 

What are the TN Visa Degree Requirements?
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What are the TN Visa Degree Requirements?

Degree requirements for TN Visa status are set forth in the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, formerly NAFTA. Requirements can vary based on profession and are specific to the countries in the agreement. In addition, alternative degree requirements can be used for some TN visa professions. If you were not educated in the United States, Canada, or Mexico, this can make determining your qualifications for TN Visa status complicated. We discuss the specific TN Visa degree requirements under the USMCA here.

B visa for Voluntary Service for a Non-profit or Religious Organization
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B visa for Voluntary Service for a Non-profit or Religious Organization

Visitors to the United States (B Visa) can enter for many reasons. Citizens of most foreign countries require a visitor visa prior to entry while some foreign nationals are visa-exempt or can participate in the visa waiver program. In any case, prior to entry to the United States as a visitor, you need to be certain that your intended activities fall within the limits of the B visa. We discuss entering the United States as a volunteer for a non-profit or religious organization below.

How do I qualify for TN Visa status as a Teacher?
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How do I qualify for TN Visa status as a Teacher?

Of the several listed professions under the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), three professions fall under the category of teacher. These include College Teachers, Seminary Teachers, and University Teachers.  Typically referred to as postsecondary teachers. This does not include primary or secondary school teachers. We discuss the profession of a Teacher for TN Visa status under the USMCA and how to qualify here.

What is an invitation letter for US Visitor visa (B1/B2), and how do I write one?
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What is an invitation letter for US Visitor visa (B1/B2), and how do I write one?

If you have a friend or family member coming from another country to visit you in the United States, you might be asked to write an invitation letter. Although not a requirement, an invitation letter from a US citizen or legal permanent resident (LPR), can strengthen your B visa application.  Invitation letters are helpful because they detail that you will have a place to stay, sufficient financial support, and a definitive departure date. We discuss invitation letters for  US visitor visas here.

B Visa for Clerkships and Internships
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B Visa for Clerkships and Internships

Visitors to the United States (B Visa) can enter for many reasons. Citizens of most foreign countries require a visitor visa prior to entry while some foreign nationals are visa-exempt or can participate in the visa waiver program. In any case, prior to entry to the United States as a visitor, you need to be certain that your intended activities fall within the limits of the B visa. We discuss entering the United States for clerkships and internships below.

How do I qualify for TN Visa status as an Accountant?
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How do I qualify for TN Visa status as an Accountant?

There are a total of 63 listed professions under the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), formerly known as NAFTA.  The profession of an Accountant is one of the professions listed under the USMCA that qualifies for TN Visa status to work in the United States. We discuss the profession of an Accountant for TN Visa status under the USMCA and how to qualify here.

US Immigration Update for October 2022
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US Immigration Update for October 2022

US Immigration Update for October 2022 – At Richards and Jurusik we handle a broad scope of US immigration matters. Our monthly updates provide a sampling of cases we have had approved during the month as well as relevant immigration updates. Come back each month as we keep you up to speed on US Immigration Law.